Beef Rotel – Just in time for the “old” Tax Day

Beef Rotel 051Woot! I got my stimulus check in the bank today.  What an unexpected surprise on the “old” Tax Day.

I finally got a time slot to order from Walmart. I really, really wanted to do Rotel with the Velveeta Queso Blanco, but they were out it. It is a good thing I had the Velveeta Original to use instead. Walmart used to “spoil” me, with my favorites like Salsa Verde Doritos. But that was also out of stock, so I had to use the Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos.

INGREDIENTS:Beef Rotel 008

  1. Ground Beef, 2 lbs
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  3. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  4. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Lime & Cilantro, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Chunky with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.Beef Rotel 005
  7. Diced Tomatoes Original with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Original, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.
  9. Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Mirepoix with yellow onions, celery, and carrots, 10 oz.
  11. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  12. Jalapeño peppers Hot & Sweet, sliced, recommended: HyVee, as desired
  13. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopBeef Rotel 004
  14. Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Beef and Beef Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 7 minutes then 8 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Beef Rotel 017
  3. Drain the grease.
  4. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the “cooked” Ground Beef/Beef Chorizo.
  5. Next add the Fiery Tasty and both Taco Seasoning packages and stir into meat.
  6. Add the Mirepoix next.
  7. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) on top of the Parchment Cookie Sheets and then added it to the slow cooker
  8. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes on top.
  9. If it looks too thick, you can add some Cola to thin it out.Beef Rotel 019
  10. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours.
  12. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  13. I like to add the Sweet & Hot Jalapeño next.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.

I am so glad that Walmart finally has some spots open for grocery delivery. I am also thankful that I could use Aldi (first 3 deliveries free) and HyVee. Food is food and it is a blessing to have it.Beef Rotel 024

 

 

 

 

 

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Taco Turkey Rotel

I was in the mood for some Mexican flavors. Being the cheap person that I am, I purchased the GroundRotel 045 Turkey and Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, instead of Ground Beef and Pork Italian Sausage.

The ingredients are similar to my post on August 3, 2019. However, it seems like this was a lot easier to cook. Less ingredients and less steps = Less Work!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbsRotel 005
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  5. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  6. Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  7. Petite Diced Tomatoes, Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, Two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Mexican with Jalapeno, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.Rotel 013
  9. Salsa Verde (or Cool Ranch) Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Seasoning Blend, frozen with onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, and parsley flakes, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Jalapeno peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  12. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  13. Avocado, diced, suggested: Haas, 1 Jumbo
  14. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopRotel 009
  15. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 Regular Size (fits 3 – 8 quarts)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Turkey, Italian Ground Turkey and Pork Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 10 minutes, 10 minutes, then 5 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Rotel 017
  3. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the Hot Diced Tomatoes by Rotel
  4. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) and top the tomatoes with the cheese chunks. I added about a half cup of Cola on top of the cheese chunks.
  5. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  6. Add the Williams Taco Seasoning on top of the cheese chunks
  7. Add the drained meat on top of the Taco seasoning
  8. Add the frozen Seasoning Blend (onions, peppers, etc.) on top of the meatRotel 028
  9. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning on top of the onions
  10. Add 2 cans of Petite Diced Tomatoes on top.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours. At this point, you can add additional Cola, depending on your thickness preference. I used about 1 cup.
  12. After 4 hours, add the can of diced Jalapeno Peppers. I like it hot, so I included the juice. Combine and stir.
  13. I diced the Avocado and placed it on top.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.
  15. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  16. Top with Sour Cream dollop and enjoy with Doritos Salsa Verde or Ranch!Rotel 032

I haven’t had Rotel in quite some time. And this was so good; I could not stop eating it. I hope that you will give this cooking method or cooking suggestions a try. Enjoy!

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Ring in the New Year with a Spicy Meatloaf!

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Making Meatloaf gives you so many opportunities to experiment with different flavors. I started out cooking Meatloaf in an oven. But once I began using a Slow Cooker, I have not used the oven since. Meatloaf is so versatile that you can play with using Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Ground Pork, Ground Turkey or add Chorizo for a Mexican-inspired Meatloaf. Instead of Ketchup, I normally use Condensed Tomato Soup for the topping. This time, I wanted something different, so I am using Tomato Basil Soup instead.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 19 oz.20191231_022249
  2. Ground Beef, recommended: Great Value, 2 lbs.
  3. Meatloaf Seasoning, recommended McCormick, Two 1.5 oz. packets
  4. Cubed Stuffing Herb seasoned, recommended: Pepperidge Farm, 12 oz., divided (or use Salad Croutons)
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  7. Tomato Basil Soup, recommended: Progresso. 19 oz.
  8. Mixed Vegetables with Carrots, Green Beans, Corn & Peas, frozen, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  9. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.20191231_131028
  10. Garlic, diced, 10-11 cloves, divided ¾ and ¼
  11. Sweet Potatoes, frozen, diced, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  12. Eggs, 3 Jumbo
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 2 teaspoons
  14. Liquid Smoke, 1 capful
  15. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  16. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  17. Optional: Disposal plastic gloves
  18. Optional: Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners or Reynold’s Aluminum Foil for the cooking vessel

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  1. Beat 3 eggs in a mixing bowl, and set aside
  2. Combine the Ground Beef with Italian Sausage in a (different) large mixing bowl.
  3. To the meat mixture, add in gradually, the Diced Tomatoes, Mirepoix, Mixed Vegetables, Stuffing Cubes, Meatloaf Seasoning, Balsamic Vinegar, ¼ Garlic and Eggs. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing.
  4. If using a Slow Cooker, line the bottom of it with half of the Stuffing Cubes, Sweet Potatoes, ¾ Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Worcestershire Sauce and Soy Sauce. If using a pre-heated 350 degree oven, mix this with the meat mixture.20191231_151251
  5. Slow Cooker on High for 4 to 6 Hours or Low for 8 to 10 Hours, or Bake in 350 Pre-Heated oven for 1 hour.
  6. Top with Tomato Basil Soup during last 30 minutes of cooking time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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What’s for dinner tonight? Meatloaf!

WP_000378Growing up, my Mom always baked meatloaf in the oven.  It was a traditional meatloaf with ground beef and cubed toast.  My Aunt Forestine kicked it up a notch by adding cheese or using sausage with beef.

So for many years I baked my meatloaf like my Mom in the oven.  As I began collecting slow cookers, I had the courage to try meatloaf in a slow cooker.

Meatloaf April 11 2015 008It was a good choice.  Even though I miss the “brown” edges from an oven, the slow cooker has an advantage to where you can cook the entire meal in one pot.

So I put the veggies on the bottom of the crock pot.  Use whatever your family likes, for example carrots and potatoes diced, frozen vegetables, etc.  The veggies end up with so much flavor and sometimes steal the show from the meatloaf.  The veggies are a bit greasy from the meat on top, but still very tasty.  Optional, you Meatloaf April 11 2015 017can also use the slow cooker lifting pan as pictures below left, for separation.

With some recipes, I don’t like to experiment.  For example, I try to cook my Fritters the same way, instead of adding too many variations.  When I cook scrambled eggs, I get bored and sometimes like to try a a different cheese or use buttermilk or sour cream.

The meatloaf that I am cooking for dinner tonight has some new WP_000368ingredients.  I did not have any fresh or canned carrots, so I used frozen mixed vegetables instead.  I used 5 potatoes, diced and added some jalapeno peppers to the veggies and meat mixture for some heat.

Did you notice the gloves in the photos?  The gloves are less than $2 for 5 sets and are really handy for chopping onions or mixing meatloaf.  Garlic, put cloves in a plastic bag and crush them with a hammer.

Meatloaf April 11 2015 021It’s nice to kick it up a notch like Aunt Forestine and try something new with a recipe.  I how this one inspires you for the next time you desire Meatloaf.

Meatloaf

INGREDIENTS:
Ground Beef, 1 lb
Sausage, 1 lb
2 Eggs, large or jumbo
Meatloaf Seasoning (Williams, recommended), 2 packages 1.25 oz. each, divided
Meatloaf April 11 2015 020Diced Onions, frozen, ½ cup
Stove Top Stuffing Mix (Kraft, recommended), 6 oz.
Beef Bouillon Cube (Knorr, recommended), 1 cube
Stewed Tomatoes Original Recipe with Onions, Celery & Green Peppers (Del Monte, recommended), 14.5 oz
Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Garlic & Olive Oil, 14.5 oz.
Fresh Cut Diced New Potatoes (Del Monte, recommended), 14.5 oz.
Carrots Sliced, 14.5 oz.
Tomato Soup (Campbell’s, recommended), 10 ¾ oz., or Tomato Paste, 12 oz.
WP_000351 - CopyWorcestershire Sauce, 1 tablespoon
Garlic 1-5 cloves
Celery Seed, ¼ teaspoon

INSTRUCTIONS:
Beat 2 eggs in large mixing bowl
Add 1 package Meatloaf Seasoning, Diced Onions and Stove Top Stuffing and mix well.
Put Bouillon Cube in bottom of 6-7 Quart Slow Cooker, add Sliced Carrots and Diced Potatoes, top with Worcestershire Sauce, WP_000380 - CopyMinced Garlic and Celery Seed
Add Ground Beef, Sausage, Stewed & Diced Tomatoes and remaining Meatloaf package to large bowl and mix well. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing!
Add Beef & Sausage mix on top of Carrots/Potatoes. Cook on High for 4-4.5 Hours
Top with Tomato Soup or Tomato Paste during last 30 minutes of cooking time

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